Oil Spill Prevention: A Proactive Approach
A spill of any size, regardless of its source, can have significant adverse environmental impacts, depending on seasonal timing, location, weather, and type of oil spilled. For this reason, the use of spill statistics as a basis for establishing the scope and magnitude of the problem, and thereby where our prevention efforts should be placed, has limited efficacy. Such statistics provide only initial indicators of where the problem may lie. In the light of this limitation, the paper seeks to identify those prevention measures, which are, or will be, most effective in averting the occurrence of spills from each source.